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that we have come to any conclusions, but that makes us fit right into washington on this topic. we thank you all for coming. before you leave, i want to do a plug for a new timeline. a video timeline that is going to be posted today on our kaiser family foundation website. so for those of you who are looking for a fun way to learn about the program, i think you would find it educational and i know everybody likes that. i want to thank ed for having this discussion today. thank you to the panel is for coming and sharing your thoughts on this perspective. i believe it to ed for final comments. >> two things, one is stability evaluations, thank you for this great discussion today. [applause] >> for doing so well, we are going to for you from the obligation to come to any more alliance seminars this year. [applause] >> happy new year. >> yes, happy new year. [laughter] >> up next on c-span2, a debate on how to improve the quality and safety of health care in the united states. then a senate hearing on the impact of hurricane sandy on small businesses. >> senator daniel inouye died today of c
to their homes and neighborhoods. now, as new yorkers we've been reading the stories, but the rest of washington, stories of heartbreak are unimaginable. the most heartbreaking story was when i went to staten island and we -- we met with first responders whose job was to find two children. what happened in this case was a mother was worried because she had lost power and her husband told her to find a different place to stay with the children and urged her to go to brooklyn to see her mother. she took the children in the car. would have been staten island as the storm surge was so severe. a 10-foot wave came across the road she took her children out of the car, tried to get to higher land and they were taken from her arms. these children were two years old and four years old and the mother could do nothing because the storm is so strong. she is just one story of many families who lost their lives because of the storm. i can tell you our mayor and governor worked so hard to evacuate families. they evacuated families all across new york and that's one of the reasons why the lost life was as low as
$109. thankfully her main street, washington street did not flood and is again open for business. hundreds of businesses located off her main street were severely flooded. even businesses that did not flood have been severely impacted by one of our principal means of transportation to new york, the past train was flooded has not been restored. many businesses reported 60% reduction in business due to the difficulty of getting to and from hoboken. some businesses that flooded remains closed or for us to operate an alternate location as they try to navigate the insurance, it. i call an assurance: because the flood insurance program is not designed to meet the needs of the urban environment. i believe there's a fundamental unfairness of the system are respectfully asked congress to try to address. when businesses located in a flood zone by properties come in the first to purchase flood insurance by mortgage companies. but the program tree skirt instead of businesses as if they were basements. if they rent, which many businesses do, the direct uninsured costs are often passed on to
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